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by deising
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: solar panels?
Replies: 6
Views: 1735

Re: solar panels?

Good news. It is hard to beat the quiet efficiency of a good solar panel installation.
by deising
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Our PDQ Enhancements blog page
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Our PDQ Enhancements blog page

Wow, Russ, that is a great, well-written list of enhancements. Thank you so much for sharing all that. I only have two comments: 1. The rear hatches are designed as emergency egress points, so hopefully the added rain covers will break off if the hatches need to be fully opened for that unlikely eve...
by deising
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Jabsco deck fitting for washdown systems
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Jabsco deck fitting for washdown systems

Sorry, folks. I apparently did not get any notices from the forum that new messages were posted.

Yes, our fresh-water connection on the deck is near the windlass slightly to starboard.
by deising
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Transom shower..
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Transom shower..

If getting a person back there was near impossible (which it isn't), I would be trying to make some sort of system with a boat hook and a steel "fish" tape. One person pushes the "fish" through the transom hole (with the plastic trim removed to give the biggest hole possible) and the other works the...
by deising
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Jabsco deck fitting for washdown systems
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Jabsco deck fitting for washdown systems

I have never used the fresh water washdown on our boat. I finally tried to do so and found the deck fitting internal plastic parts to be broken. I ordered the only replacement I could find (from Jabsco) and today discovered that the twist-lock bayonet type fitting for the hose is not the same exact ...
by deising
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Raw water washdown backflush plumbing
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Raw water washdown backflush plumbing

I have been plagued with blockages on the intake of our raw water washdown pump. The strainer wasn't clogged, but the hose inlet was. Trying to take the hose off the barbed fitting to blow backwards is almost impossible without damaging the hose. I have been using a bucket and rope for over a year n...
by deising
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Great Loop
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Great Loop

Diva Di completed both the Great Loop and first, the Down East Circle. We'll be at the Rendezvous, as well.

See you there.
by deising
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: painting corroded aluminum window frames
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: painting corroded aluminum window frames

Great detail, Bob. I have one of those Fein sanders and it is a great machine.

Did you spray the primers on the entire frame or just the bare metal sections?

Thanks,
by deising
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Flybridge seal with upper deck
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Flybridge seal with upper deck

After completing over 16K nm in 4 years, we are taking time off from cruising to go over the boat for some really thorough cleaning. While the enclosure on the flybridge is quite spacious, I do not fit in there. With the dual helm seat in place it is very difficult to even look inside. There are som...
by deising
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Replacing house batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 5219

Re: Replacing house batteries

Mac, rather than mix up the topic content, I posted the details of my solar panel installation in another topic with a "solar panels?" subject.
by deising
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: solar panels?
Replies: 6
Views: 1735

Re: solar panels?

Diva Di hard solar panels 1 - Copy.jpg I am going to post the details of our solar panel installation as requested by Mac Carter. At first, I was intrigued by the setup used by another Powercat owner to mount semi-flexible panels (very inexpensive) to lightweight polycarbonate stiffening board and ...
by deising
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: MV34 or 41 in Beaufort, NC
Replies: 2
Views: 341

Re: MV34 or 41 in Beaufort, NC

You missed at least 4 of us returning from a cruise to Maine several weeks ago. I am sure some or all of us would have been happy to accommodate you. We have a 34 and love it.
by deising
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Replacing house batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 5219

Re: Replacing house batteries

In Sep 2016, Mac Carter wrote that he was replacing the house batteries with AGMs with a goal of being able to go three days at anchor before having to recharge. Having cruised approximately 500 days/nights on our PDQ in less than 4 years, I find that our 4 Trojan T-145 flooded wet cell batteries ge...
by deising
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Springfield double helm seat
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: Springfield double helm seat

Maybe it is just my 240 pounds, but my new double seat from 2015 has a large separation along the after seam. I have no idea how it could be repaired, but we have been on a 7 month cruise and won't worry about it until we get home in Nov.
by deising
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Plumbing tubing
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: Plumbing tubing

I have never had to look at the plumbing back there, but keep in mind that our boats are usually set up for flushing the toilet with fresh water (there is a raw water option/seacock on ours, as well). It might be that they wanted to ensure that no particulate could foul up the solenoid valve that le...